High Performance Leadership (live-online)

Key facts

Programme fee:

£2,350 + VAT

Programme length:

6 weeks total, including:

  • Pre-work and online learning
  • 4 x 2 hour live-online facilitated sessions
  • 3 x personal coaching sessions

Upcoming dates

Programme Overview

Discover your leadership capability, understand when to lead

Through a mix of live-online learning and self-study you will learn how to make the best contribution as a leader. On the High Performance Leadership programme we will help you discover how to optimise your leadership performance and sustain it.

This course is very tailored, with three one-to-one coaching/feedback sessions. These will help you understand your leadership style and how to connect your capabilities and competencies to improve agility and collaboration in the workplace.

Delivered over a series of sessions you will:

  • Understand the inter-dependencies between strategic, operational and interpersonal leadership
  • Develop self-awareness of your leadership style and its impact
  • Understand the tasks of leadership, identifying where you can improve and when to call on others
  • Explore how to develop leadership in others

Who is it for?

Middle and senior level managers and leaders

Programme overview

The High Performance Leadership programme explores how no one individual has the complete set of leadership skills. It will enable you to identify and reflect on your natural leadership style and personality behaviours. Then with the support of a professional coach, agree on areas for development where your leadership shows potential or is fragile. You will discover that to be a complete leader you need to be aware of your limitations, and that to be successful you will need to engage and draw on the diversity of your team.

The Primary Colours model was developed by the Programme Director and is the framework for this course. It defines the tasks leaders must perform in order to create the conditions for sustained success.

Programme structure

The course is delivered through a blend of methods. Modules 1-4 are delivered live-online by the Programme Director, requiring a commitment to key points during the programme. These interactive sessions will allow participant discussion and encourage you to share your leadership experience and challenges.

The study requirements, prior and between modules, are completed in your own time with the coaching sessions arranged at a mutually convenient time.

Programme content


  • Reflect on your leadership challenges
  • Complete the required pre-reading

Module 1:

  • Identify the challenges leaders face
  • Introduction to the Primary Colours approach to leadership
  • Look at the evidence that led to the formulation of the model

Inter-module activities:

  • Self-lead learning including video, e-materials and reading
  • Complete NEO personality assessment and 360-degree feedback

Module 2:

  • Introduction to personality in leadership
  • Understand the tasks of leadership and how they relate to each other
  • Use NEO and 360 to build insights into how your personality helps and hinders accomplishing leadership tasks

Inter-module activities:

  • Two personal coaching sessions by an accredited coach to receive feedback on your NEO and 360
  • Understand the impact of the findings on your performance and others

Module 3:

Put the approach into practice and identify your capabilities as a leader

Inter-module activities:

  • Team work in the office – discuss team leadership with your colleagues and the complimentary differences in your workplace
  • One further coaching session - implications of working with a team

Module 4:

  • How to overcome hindrances to implementation
  • Identify your developmental opportunities
  • Understanding resilience and practical suggestions on how to sustain it

Informed by real business challenges

Professor David Pendleton is a psychologist who has spent his life working with real teams on real issues. He is the senior author of the book ‘Leadership – all you need to know’. He is originator of the Primary Colours model, which stems from the confluence of three streams – research evidence, his career as a consultant working with real teams and decades of work, trying to help leadership teams improve their performance. David has also operated as HR Director of a FTSE 100 company. Read his full bio.

David has also been a contributor to our Leading Edge podcast series. Listen to his episode Leadership Jazz: finding the right note when there is no plan

Key benefits

For individuals

  • Gain a clear and coherent understanding of your leadership strengths and limitations
  • Develop confidence in your capabilities as a leader and know when to draw from others
  • Identify new approaches for leadership agility within your role/organisation
  • Create a tool kit to develop leadership success

To the organisation

  • Focus the business on how to identify, develop and promote leaders into key roles
  • Provide a framework for evaluating gaps and developing capability in leadership teams

Location and facilities

Finding us

We pride ourselves on understanding the need to create an environment which is both relaxing and comfortable enabling work and study to be focused and effective. From our unique riverside location to our impressive amenities, we provide an ideal environment for meeting success.

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Sports facilities

henley business school gym greenlands

Balancing busy work schedules with relaxation and exercise is an important aspect of our approach at Henley. The fully equipped and professionally staffed Fitness Centre with views overlooking the beautiful grounds and River Thames has everything needed to restore a sense of well being.

Business facilities

Business facilities - rooms

At our Greenlands site we provide a variety of meeting rooms and conference facilities. Our rooms have been designed with an emphasis on practicality with many of our rooms benefiting from the latest presentation equipment to ensure that your meeting runs smoothly.

Conference Rooms

The conference rooms at Greenlands, Henley, all feature air conditioning, natural daylight and excellent acoustics, as well as state-of-the-art AV and presentation technology controlled by bluetooth touch screens, free WiFi access, laptop connections, networked PC and large screens. Our larger rooms also have repeater screens. Each conference room has access to dedicated syndicate and break-out rooms and refreshment areas close by. Stationery, flipcharts, photocopying facilities and whiteboards are included as standard.

Meeting Rooms

All syndicate and meeting rooms at Henley are fitted with a large screen, networked PC, whiteboards and have free WiFi access and laptop connections. River House 1-14 are also fitted with Copycam, allowing users to capture whiteboard notes at the touch of a button. Digital recorders, video and stills cameras are also available on request. All are laid out boardroom style.


Henley Business School Bedroom

We have 100 rooms including some with disabled facilities. All rooms are en-suite & include a safe, trouser press, laptop connection with free Wi-Fi access, direct dial telephone, satellite TV with radio, Molton Brown toiletries, tea & coffee making facilities and a hair dryer. Photograph of Thames Court accommodation.

Full English breakfast is served in our main dining room, which overlooks the River Thames. Our dedicated staff maintain the facility 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All guest rooms receive daily housekeeping services.


Dining at Henley Business School Greenlands

When it comes to dining, we offer you choice, quality and flexibility. We understand that you also want facilities that are conducive to networking, and dining arrangements that integrate seamlessly with the other aspects of your day. Henley is renowned for both its excellent standards of service and the high quality of cuisine. The chefs and their professional staff are able to offer the sophistication of a memorable evening dinner in the spacious dining room, with its views over the lawns down to the Thames.

Fresh, varied breakfasts are prepared by award-winning chefs and served each morning in the beautiful, riverside restaurant - the Heyworth Room.


Several tea and coffee areas are situated throughout the buildings, the Garden Common Room is situated beside the Heyworth Room and is open throughout the day and evening offering a wide range of Fairtrade drinks and a selection of biscuits. The bar is open each evening serving a full range of drinks.

Henley Conference Centre and Hotel

Set in its own 30 acre estate in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, alongside the River Thames, this magnificent Grade II Listed Building offers excellent conference, meeting and event facilities and provides a spectacular setting for any gathering. For more information about booking our beautiful facilities please visit the Henley Conferences website.

History of Greenlands

Records indicate that there has been a house on our Greenlands site for 500 years, although the house would have originally been much closer to the river.

Greenlands has been home to a series of notable families and individuals throughout its lifetime. These include Thomas Chaucer, son of Geoffrey Chaucer; Robert D'Oyley, Sheriff of Oxfordshire in 1573; Bulstrode Whitelock, Oliver Cromwell's Ambassador to Sweden and most recently WH Smith, who bought the existing house in 1871. Queen Elizabeth I is also known to have visited on more than one occasion, most likely when staying at her royal palace in Reading.

The site became the home of a new Administrative Staff College in 1946, first welcoming students in 1948. In 1952, after the unexpected death of Viscount Hambleden from whom the College leased the site, an opportunity to purchase Greenlands' 30 acres arose. The College was renamed Henley Management College in 1991, and following the 2008 merger with the University of Reading became Henley Business School. Today, the world-ranked Henley MBA, The Henley DBA and our executive education programmes are delivered at Greenlands.

Why Henley?

The Henley Experience

Professor John Board, Dean, Henley Business School

'The Henley Experience blends the development of knowledge, personal skills and behaviour with state-of-the-art teaching and learning environments and an inheritance of strong belief that the role of wealth creation in society is to better everyone rather than just the few. What emerges at every level are people whose values and attitudes say as much about them as their capabilities and who contribute to building a better future in every walk of life.

The Henley ethos: We will be an engaging, focused and distinctive business school

At all ages and all stages

Henley students choose to study from our impressive full-service portfolio including a suite of:

  • Undergraduate degrees
  • Postgraduate degrees
  • MBA programmes
  • PhD/DBA programmes
  • Executive Education programmes.

Personal development

Taking a whole-person-approach, Henley focuses on developing your abilities as a responsible, principled and entrepreneurial leader. You will further your development through:

  • Coaching 
  • Mentoring
  • Workshops
  • Guest speakers
  • Support
  • One-to-one meetings
  • A global cohort
  • Access to the University of Reading facilities

The Henley community

From your first day at Henley, you are a part of a global network of professionals from every industry and every level of experience and seniority. Our alumni group has over 56,000 members from every corner of the globe, offering networking potential and the chance to keep up-to-date with the latest thinking, news and opportunities to further your career and education. 

Strong relationships

Relationships at Henley are not only built between students and participants – but also with the faculty and staff that support your personal journey. Many of our faculty are internationally-renowned and widely published in their respective fields, and many are engaged in academic research. Our staff are regular contributors to the media and bring a wealth of professional experience, with many having worked for leading organisations internationally. Often it is these relationships that can make the difference in your career, and it is why many find the Henley experience so richly rewarding.


Upcoming Dates

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Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the programme, please contact our programme advisors by email at exec@henley.ac.uk or by phone on +44 (0)1491 418767.